Skeletal pathological conditions of Lithuanian mummies

  • Dario Piombino-Mascali Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Vilnius
  • Justina Kozakaitė Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Vilnius
  • Algirdas Tamošiūnas Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Vilnius
  • Ramūnas Valančius Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Vilnius
  • Stephanie Panzer Trauma Center Murnau, Murnau, Germany; Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria
  • Rimantas Jankauskas Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Vilnius
Keywords: mummies, bone, imaging, palaeopathology

Abstract

This report examines the bone lesions found during CT investigations of mummies from the Dominican Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius, Lithuania. Observed pathological conditions include a single fracture, osteoarthritis, malpositions and dental disease, as well as some normal variants of the human skeleton. These palaeopathological data provide a clearer picture of the mummies’ osteobiographies, and serve as a reminder about the importance of noninvasive techniques for the investigation of historical preserved remains.

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Published
2014-07-01
How to Cite
Piombino-Mascali, D., Kozakaitė, J., Tamošiūnas, A., Valančius, R., Panzer, S., & Jankauskas, R. (2014). Skeletal pathological conditions of Lithuanian mummies. Papers on Anthropology, 23(1), 118-126. https://doi.org/10.12697/poa.2014.23.1.10
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